(FT5) Major Panasonic press event taking place the last week of January

As I reported today on L-rumors.com Panasonic has organized a major journalist and store manager gathering for the last week of January. Usually this happens when they announce a new product. I don’t think they will unveil some new MFT gear but rather announce full specs and pricing of the new S1-S1R Full Frame cameras.

The best we can hope is that they might announce the pricing of that f/1.7 superzoom MFT lens…

You can join the new L Full Frame Facebook group if you plan to buy this camera. There you can discuss all features and tests once it’s released!

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Panasonic interview at Dpreview: First 8K cameras will be launched AFTER the Olympics

Better late than never they say…Dpreview just published their Photokina interview with Panasonic. There is a lot of talk about the S1-S1R cameras and the highlights have been summarized and posted on our sister site L-rumors.com.

Here is the merely MFT related part:

No APS-C:
Panasonic confirmed that they will never make APS-C L-mount cameras “We have our own Micro Four Thirds system and we think that [because of the greater difference in size between full-frame and M43] this is the best balance. We have no plans to develop APS-C products.

8K only after 2020.
This is a bit surprising: ” After the Olympics, we will create a new generation of 8K video cameras, which are currently in development.” So unlike previous statements we will not get 8K cameras in time for the Olympics.

Debunking rumors: Olympus did NOT register a new PEN-F

A site with little experience in how to read the sertifikasi.postel.go.id public database claimed that Olympus registered a new PEN-F camera. In fact they did not! They only EXTENDED the current PEN-F name registration just like many other companies did. As usual new cameras will be first registered by Olympus with the “IMxxx” code first before they will get updated with the real name.

Don’t worry, there will be a PEN-FII sometimes but just not yet. Olympus will announce a new E-M1X around January 20 and one more little surprise camera too…stay tuned on 43rumors ;)

UPDATE: As reported by Mistral:

This is not the certification of a new camera, this is the extension of the certification of the current Olympus Pen-F at the request of Perdana Inti Putra PT, the importer and distributor of Olympus digital cameras in Indonesia.

https://www.loker.id

The current certificate (44582/SDPPI/2016) would have expired on 18 January 2019.

https://sertifikasi.postel

The same extension was granted to the Leica SL (Typ 601) 25 days earlier:

https://sertifikasi.postel

POLL: What’s the new camera you want to get in 2019? E-M1X, PEN-F II, S1, S1R…

In 2019 we will get a pletora of new Olympus and Panasonic cameras. Let us know…

I want to get the new...

  • Olympus E-M1X (31%, 99 Votes)
  • Olympus PEN-F II (23%, 75 Votes)
  • Olympus E-M5 III (23%, 72 Votes)
  • Panasonic G90 (9%, 29 Votes)
  • Panasonic S1R (6%, 20 Votes)
  • Panasonic S1 (6%, 19 Votes)
  • Panasonic GX900 (2%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 320

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Note: I know the new Panasonic S1-S1R cameras are not MFT but I included them to see how many of you MFT owners will actually buy it

(FT5) E-M1X has 2 TruePic VIII processors

One additional info on the E-M1X: It has 2 TruePic VIII processors

Rumored E-M1X specs:

Name: E-M1X OMD camera
Sensor: 20MP (not global shutter)

Frame rate: 18fps
7.5+ EV stabilization
2 TruePic VIII processors
2x the processing speed of the E-m1II
Autofocus: Adaptive and expandable focal points. Two examples. If you are shooting a person, then shift to shooting a car, the number of focal points will automatically expand. If you are shooting a basketball player, you will get a vertical series of 5 focal points.

Body Size: 144.37 x 146.765 x 75.345mm (body with a built in vertical grip)
High Res: Can shoot handheld High Resolution images (around 80MP) at 1/60s
Photography focus: Sports and Wildlife shooters
Same batteries as E-M1 Mk II
Live electornic ND filter
Larger EVF
Price: Close to $3,000
Launch: January 20… along “2 tele zooms, 1 wide angle zoom. speedlight. zuiko binoculars”
Availability: February

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(FT5) New Olympus 150-400mm lens has integrated 1,25x converter and additional x2 converter

I got some additional info on the new Olympus 150-400mm f/4.0 PRO lens that will be announced with the E-M1X in January:

1) The lens has an integrated 1,25x converter
2) The lens has in lens 5 axis stabilization
3) Olympus will also launch a new 2x converter for this lens

I hope the price of this lens isn’t too high. I think this is a lens many wildlife shooters are dreaming to buy!